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Recycling contamination

Dec. 15, 2023

Recycling is a tricky process that takes practice and vigilance since guidelines are often changing. According to EcoCycle , Boulder’s recycling company, there are some items that regularly contaminate their recycling machines. On campus, the Grounds and Recycling Operations Center (GROC) sorts through recycling to process them and ensure their...

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Composting 101

Dec. 15, 2023

Compost is the natural process of recycling organic matter into a nutrient-rich fertilizer. It is a significant part of the waste system that aids in fighting the climate crisis.

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Composting at CU – a student perspective

Dec. 14, 2023

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but a passion for sustainability drew me halfway across the country to CU Boulder. When I arrived here, I thought I had it all figured out. I recycled all my papers and plastics, used reusable containers and thrifted most of my clothes. However, shortly...

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Ways to reduce food waste

Dec. 14, 2023

In the United States, 103 million tons of food are wasted annually, with the average person generating one pound of food waste daily. Food waste includes any edible food that is discarded instead of being consumed. While often discussed in climate change conversations, reducing food waste also impacts other areas...

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Common misconceptions about food waste: what it is and how to reduce it

April 4, 2023

Learn about food waste and how to reduce it in your daily life. Discover common misconceptions, top wasted foods and tips for composting.

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Career Q&A with the recycling supervisor at CU

April 4, 2023

Robert Allen, the recycling supervisor at CU, sat down and chatted about his job at the Grounds and Recycling Operation Center, affectionately named “The ROC.”

Ari Moscone

Career Q&A with Environmental Center's new Zero Waste Outreach Coordinator

Jan. 31, 2023

Learn more about Ari Moscone and her background in zero waste and sustainability.

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Sustainable habits for 2023

Jan. 27, 2023

The E-Center can help you become a Sustainable Buff! Save money and energy through the cultivation of everyday sustainable habits to start the new year off right.

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Want to reduce your water footprint? Get a FREE EcoKit!

June 13, 2022

You have probably heard about reducing your carbon footprint, but have you considered your water footprint? Use the water footprint calculator to estimate how many gallons of water you and your family use a day.

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Debunking recycling myths

April 26, 2022

With so much content coming our way every day, it can be difficult to differentiate between true facts and myths, especially when it comes to recycling. We're here to help clarify some of those common myths that you may have read about or heard.